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On April 17 at approximately 1:00, Nolan was hit in the head with a metal gate that was kicked by a steer at Tulia Feedlot. He was loading his load into the trailer when this happened. He was airlifted to Northwest Texas in Amarillo. I got the call and left school and beat the helicopter. I had to cut across the median, opposite road, ditch and access road, but i got there as the helicopter was landing. At first I was given little info on his condition. When they let me know what was going on, I was told that he had a massive head injury and they were going to install a "bolt" to measure the pressure in his brain, in order to keep an eye on swelling. He was taken to AICU. I am considered the "care-giver" so I can stay with him all the time except for 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the evening. He was heavily sedated in order to keep him from moving. He was so fragile that he was in a minimum stimulation room. Kept dark, little or no noise, whispers only, no stimulation of any kind, no patting, rubbing, that sort of little thing you just do. I could only place my hand gently on his. We eventually had to go to surgery to remove blood clots. That was svery successful. He had a trach and a feeding tube put in to make him more comfortable. We are still in ICU, still critical, but in better shape. He has not had the sedatives for a couple of days, and is being weaned off the ventilator slowly. He has shown signs of waking, but after all he has been through, i am told this will take a while. I wait and pray continually. that keeps me going. I am so awed by all of the prayers being offered for his healing by friends, loved ones, and even strangers. It truly shows the power and faith of people. I see God's hand on him as he is still with me. He is truly a miracle. I realize that each moment, each day is absolutely a gift from God and should be treasured.
year 4, day 235. When I wake up and Nolan says "Good Morning", it is a good day. He woke up feeling much better. His color was better and he was responding well. Definitely . thirsty He wanted Gatorade.
I took my monitor into the kitchen and put the last coat of paint on the table. I also started painting the doors to the deck. I think they will look good. I kept a close eye on Nolan. He would watch tv for a while and then nap a little. I felt much better. The nurse came after lunch and his vital signs were up. Back to where they were before yesterday afternoon. He seemed a little more tired but nothing like he was. That was scary.
A sweet friend came over and brought lunch. Good to catch up with her. We used to stay caught up when we saw each other at the Pregnancy Center. But since I have taken a break and stay home with NOlan, we don't see each other. It is so good to visit with friends. I miss seeing them on a regular basis. Thank goodness for cell phones and internet. I can stay in touch with friends all over.
Please add a sweet friend from Plainview to the list. She had a bone marrow transplant and had some problems today. Keep praying for God's peace over NOlan. Every day is such a treasure. I try to focus on making a sweet memory every day. No bad vibes allowed here. Please pray for this holiday season to be one of special memories and an overwhelming sense of peace.
I had wanted to go to the church's music program this weekend. I am not sure I will make it. I will just have to see how Nolan is doing this weekend. I need someone to go up in the balcony and FaceTime it for me. LOL The things that I have had to miss going to don't seem all that important any more. Spending time with Nolan brings joy. There will always be a music program or other events. These days can never be replaced. I don't want to waste a minute of any day. I want enough smiles and kisses and good times to last my lifetime.
We are watching the Duck marathon, leading up to Christmas 2013. I just smile the whole time. I would so love to meet them and spend time with them. They just make me laugh. Nolan would love them.